This audio edition, featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley's masterful narration, contains the complete text of Paramahansa Yogananda's life story, an absorbing account of a singular search for Truth. Yogananda describes his experiences with modern-day saints and illuminated masters of India, and presents a definitive introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga.
© and (P) 1996, 2000 Self-Realization Fellowship
"A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
"Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)
I first read this book in the 60s and it has only grown in power and necessity to unravel the vicissitudes of life in the 21st-century. The reading by Sir Ben Kingsley elevates illuminates and harmonizes this treasure.
This book takes a few listens to have it truly sink in. The performer's accent and older style of word choice made it more challenging to get into the "flow" of this story and to comprehend some of the concepts. After a while of it, however, you become as fluid of a listener as the narrator himself. And the story seems to start to take hold, offering an enriching perspective into the life of a spiritually guided leader, who was met with his own life challenges along the way. This book offers a unique perspective of how dedicated the life of a yogi can be and education as to the origin of this faith.
I found the audiobook version to be quite wonderful, adding a lot of emotional content, mostly due to the talented and eloquence Ben Kingsley. I have read the book 3 or four times prior to listening to the audiobook version, and got New insights. Of course this is due to the deep content that is within the book, as well as the entertaining and always funny stories Yogananda tells. I will listen again!
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